Cologne Climate Council presented its goals by 2030 and 2040

One year after it was founded, the Cologne Climate Council presented its interim goals for 2030 and 2040.

One of the main goals is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in seven sectors. These include the energy, building, industry, mobility and logistics sectors, as well as nutrition and consumption.

“The Climate Council gives a positive outlook and plans how our urban society, our economy and our way of dealing with resources will change,” said Dr. Harald Rau, Chairman of the Cologne Climate Council.

The Cologne Climate Council is an advisory committee of experts with twelve representatives from science, business, housing, civil society and administration. It wants to control and support the development and implementation of a strategy to achieve climate neutrality in Cologne. In this context, climate neutrality means no longer producing any net greenhouse gas emissions (GHG emissions).

The Council has set two intermediate goals for Cologne on the way to climate neutrality. By 2030, GHG emissions are to be reduced to a maximum of around 6 million tons. The GHG emissions in the urban area of ​​Cologne in the reference year 1990 were twice as many tons of CO2.

In addition, the goal by 2040 is to reduce annual GHG emissions to a maximum of 2 tonnes per inhabitant. In 2015, GHG emissions were 9.4 tonnes per capita. Cologne is currently in the national average, but 25 percent above the EU average and 100 percent above the global average.

In the area of ​​mobility, the e-charging infrastructure is to be expanded, and the Industry project group is directing its focus on sustainable products such as energy storage and efficient motors. In the case of nutrition and consumption, the use of regional foods for school and daycare catering as well as more sustainable agriculture are discussed as measures. Photo credit: Heuser Kommunikation